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East Avenue construction begins in Berwyn

BERWYN – Construction work has begun on East Avenue in Berwyn that will require the road to be closed for at least five weeks.

Reconstruction and resurfacing is underway on East Avenue, from 31st Street to 22nd Street. Improvements include reconstruction of the pavement base and asphalt surface paving. Other work includes, on an as needed basis, curb and gutter replacement, sidewalk removal and replacement, alley return pavement removal and replacement and pavement striping and combined sewer spot repairs.

Alleys contiguous to East Avenue will be open during construction.

Project engineer John Fitzgerald said the original base of the road has deteriorated over many decades since it was built.

"The through-lanes are in poor condition," he said. "The original base of the road is probably 50 years or older. The only was to do this is to close the road."

Phase 1 of the project will begin with concrete work from 26th Street to 22nd Street. During the concrete curb and gutter installation and alley pavement replacement, vehicular traffic over these surfaces will be prohibited for a period of at least three days to provide proper curing for the concrete.

The contractor will be responsible for notifying residents with driveways when to move cars off their driveway.

During construction, no parking signs will be posted in the construction area. East Avenue residents are encouraged to park on other local streets adjacent to East Avenue.

Beginning on Sept. 3, East Avenue, from 26th Street to 22nd Street will be closed to vehicular traffic to allow for the reconstruction of the pavement base and repairs to the combined sewer.

A detour route will be posted to guide residents around the construction zone. East Avenue residents are encouraged to park on other local streets adjacent to East Avenue. The road will only be accessible to emergency vehicles.

Fresh oil will be applied on the street during paving, and residents are asked to keep foot traffic over the surface to a minimum. The tar-likeprime coat is very difficult to remove from shoes and body surfaces.

Normal construction hours will be from 7 a.m to 5,pm,, Monday through Friday, with occasional work on Saturdays.

The project has been awarded to Central Blacktop Inc. by the city of Berwyn through the Illinois Department of Transportation.

While $1.9 million has been awarded to fund the project by IDOT, the actual cost could be below that amount, Fitzgerald said.

More information is available at 630-887-8640.

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